My son is now 19 , he was diagnoised with Autism PDD NOS and ADD at the age of 5 . He suffered years of anxiety and meltdowns , plus constantly running away . The Doctors called it fight or flight ..I called it my worst nightmare . He was on medications from age 9 trying our best to help him . However it proved to harm him more . By age 17 he was admitted to a mental hospital with delusions and talking about random worlds that did not exisit. Our hearts were broken when we recieved the news he was now schizophrenic. We found out later it was due to the zoloft he was taking which caused the break . His type of neurotransmitters took it on as a overload and does not process seritonin and dophimine causing the breakdown . Fast forward to now , he has been on numerous medications that have caused more harm than good . Aggression , tics , and anxiety . Each med new hope , each time harder on our son . On a Sunday afternoon about a month ago it had reached it peak . His anger and aggression was getting so much worse and we were preparing to call the police again as we had to do 2 yeas prior . It was just too much , he was bigger than both my husband and I now and my heart was breaking just thinking of them taking him away again . I don't think anyone knows what hell this is on a daily living unless you are living it . The heartbreak of calling the police on your own child . It tore me apart ... Janna has been a friend for many years and has offered help and we constantly said thank you but no ..we went the medical route ( huge mistake) . I called Janna absolutely distraught . She calmingly discussed what meds is he on now ? Asked what his symptoms were and then let me know what could help him . I RAN to the Pharm to Table while my husband held down the fort with my son. Somehow I was able to convince my son to try the CBD oil ...with in 15 min he was calmer and aplogizing for his behavior! My husband and I were baffled , we had never seen him like this ...my friend Nurse Janna has been a God send helping us through this and helping my son . I would reccomend a consult with Nurse Janna if you are stuggling with any of these issues and more . Her depth of knowledge is astonding , what I love is she can explain it to me on my level ! Thank you Janna you are a God send <3
My son was diagnosed at age 10 with PANDAS/PANS. He is now 16. At his peak of treatment, he was on 21 pills a day and HD IVIG monthly. Overall, he improved significantly in functioning but was still suffering with significant anxiety and sleep disruption. His ADD medications helped some, but the side effects were almost as bad as the medication as he pulled out almost all his hair. One day he admitted to trying cannabis recreationally and tearfully came to me stating he “felt normal for the first time”. He begged for help utilizing cannabis legally. I researched the literature fully and became convinced of it’s potential—but the challenge then became finding a competent provider to help us navigate the myriad options that were both scientifically-based and legal.
Janna was recommended highly thru fellow PANDAS parent forums. Getting a consultation was easily obtained thru the website. Her consult was thorough and compassionate. She was very open to collaboration and I truly felt heard. The details, recommendations and treatment summary were received 3 days after our phone consultation. The specific medical cannabis recommendations were not exceedingly cost-prohibitive.
As a health care provider myself, I was really impressed with the breath and scope of her cannabis knowledge! Just as importantly, how it related to both my son’s specific genetic makeup and current disease state. The potential risks, benefits and drug interactions were discussed in detail.
We started my son on a high-quality high potency CBD tincture, THCa and a CBD vape for breakthrough anxiety. We are only 2 months into treatment; however, the response thus far has been impressive: the trichtillomania is 100% gone, his sleep is improved, far less complaints of generalized pain, and far fewer fine motor tremors and tics. I used to attribute most of his irritability to being a teenager, but his ability to self-calm and focus without a knee-jerk teenagery snark has improved as well! (Ok. There is still some. :)
The research into neuropsychiatric disorders is in its infancy and certainly there are no “cures”. But I feel strongly medical cannabis has been a godsend for our son. With coordination from his neurologist, we have been able to wean him off his Zoloft. He is down to his thyroid medication, lecithin, a co-enzymated multi-vitamin and low-dose naltrexone daily.
Best money we’ve spent thus far on our son’s care. Still have some improvement goals to obtain but so impressed in such a short time with the response so far. Highly recommend Janna—I am absolutely convinced that without her guidance navigating the medical cannabis maze would have been impossible.
My daughter suffers from general epilepsy ( partial seizures). We discovered through 24hr eeg that my daughter was suffering up to 160 partial seizures per day while she was taking anti epilptic drug ( keppra). Keppra made my daughter life very hard in addition to her ASD , keppra increased the behaviors and did not stabilize her partial seizures and her body became so weak with Keppra . We tried three different kind of medications and non of them helped her . She was only suffering from side effects of seizures medications. We tried CBD oil from Hemp and unfortunately, has increased my daughter partial seizures until we contacted Nurse Janna. Nurse Janna was so helpful and rich with cannabis experience she immediately send us the treatment plan report . She recommended high cbd oil from full extract cannabis and THCa tinctures. Nurse Janna was always available to answer our questions and She immediately put wonderful plan for my daughter when we decided to wen her off from Keppra . My daughter's life has been changed since we introduced medicinal Cannabis. We are seeing new girl with much more calm , focus, her cognition has jumped into high level and cannabis started treating more conditions inside my daughter body. We still contact Nurse Janna for consultation and I highly recommend her for family's who suffers from epilepsy and autism.She is very professional helpful with big heart.
I was suffering from depression which has come and gone a number of times in my life. Since Prozac had previously helped with a bout of postpartum depression, I asked my doctor to prescribe it again. At first I improved but within a month I was worse than when I had started. I explained this to my doctor who, then, suggested increasing my dosage. Unfortunately, this didn't help and I developed a tic in which I could not stop shaking. I spoke with Nurse Jen and she told me that Cannabis could help. I started using a 1:1 CBD:THC oil extract sublingually. Within an hour I noticed I felt different (not high) but I couldn't describe exactly what I felt. Within a few weeks I was feeling much better. I then, discontinued the Prozac and have no more shaking (at least the uncontrollable kind). Thank you, Nurse Jen, for helping me find my peace.